A pair of Iranian warships have now entered the Atlantic ocean for the first time in years on their way to bring supplies, including fast attack boats to their Venezeualan ally.
As ABC News reports:
The vessels departed last month from Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas, said Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, Iran’s deputy army chief. He described their mission as the Iranian navy’s longest and most challenging voyage yet, without elaborating.
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The website Politico first reported in late May, citing anonymous officials, that the ships’ final destination may be Venezuela. Iran maintains close ties to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and has shipped gasoline and other products to the country amid a U.S. sanctions campaign targeting fuel-starved Caracas. Venezuela is believed to have paid Iran, under U.S. sanctions of its own, for the shipments.
While the Biden Administration has encouraged both Venezuela and Cuba to turn the ships away, so far there have been no indications that the administration is willing to take action to stop the transfer.